Whether you’re traveling, touring exotic places or at home, living a normal routine, it’s so important to escape for a few moments each day. Day by day, most people on this earth live their lives blindly, moving from one thing to the next, without stopping to appreciate the world around them. It’s easy to get caught up when life is constantly throwing things at you, where it feels as though there’s no time in the day to take care of everything. Therefore people lose sight of the importance of the little things. When you were a child, you were captivated by the glow of fireflies at the dusk of summer and the feeling of the ocean’s breeze upon your skin and the way lights seemed to streak between your lashes when you slowly closed damp eyes. I could say that I am only referring to what I see as it’s all I know – that this only happens here in America, where people wake up, work, come home, then doze off to wake and repeat again. But I’ve traveled enough to know that this happens in places all around the world, but as I sit and take the time to watch the world around me here in the States, I see countless lost people living their lives blindly and without soul.
When it comes to choosing a holiday destination, humans tend to fall into distinct categories. There are the revellers; men and women who see beaches as platforms for partying late into the night, cocktails in hand. There are the adventurers; seasoned backpackers who view holidays as a physical challenge, an objective on an itinerary to be ticked off. And there are the sun worshippers; lounge lizards never found less than 10m from a ready supply of SPF 50.
Yet, outside of these clearly defined groups, there exists a different species. A hybrid who yearns for all these things in one location. And, whoever said this could not be done has clearly never travelled to Greece.
Its 11 million inhabitants epitomizing the very best of Mediterranean living, Greece has a huge amount to offer beyond Unesco World Heritage sites and big fat weddings. Boasting both rocky outcrops and unspoiled beaches, the versatility of its terrain is only matched by their beauty.
1. The photograph
I’ve polled my own readers and over 48% said that the photograph was the most important aspect of a post that draws their attention. It seems to go without saying, but the amount of bloggers that skimp on the accompanying photograph is staggering. Look at the photograph as the single most important part in drawing people to your work – it’s a make or break.
2. The title
A good title gives the reader a small taste of what to expect, but also draws them in because they want to know more. Nearly 20% of my readers polled said this was the 2nd most important part of drawing their attention. Writing the perfect title is an art – you don’t want to overload the title by making it too long, plus you want to avoid giving away too much about the upcoming content.
3. The subject matter
It seems to most writers that the actual content should be king, and of course I agree, but unfortunately humans are fickle and have extremely short attention spans – especially in the digital age. A study on the attention span of internet visitors said that the average span was less than 8 seconds before a viewer moves on to their next destination. To sum up the importance of the photograph and the title, you must grab their attention in less than 8 seconds – after that, it’s up to your content to sell itself.
4. The first sentence
Last, but not least is the importance of the opening sentence of a literary piece. To turn a viewer to a reader, you must win the battle of the first 8 seconds and then suck them in to commit for the long haul. Gripping questions and whimsical statements work wonders to snag the attention of a prospective reader.
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When life settles down and you don’t have all of the hoopla and mayhem that accompanies it as often as time seems to fly by, you’re left with time to perceive, ponder and learn. I’ve been living a bit settled the past few months and now that I’m reunited with my friends and family in Ohio, I’ve had the time to sort my thoughts on what I’ve seen. One of the main realizations is that a large amount of people on this earth are living their lives for the wrong reasons, without the natural passions that drive us as human beings. They are living ‘safe’ lives. Lives that are without adventure or danger, the two things that are inherent in our nature. Accompanied by this safe nature is that most people find themselves too scared to truly live their own lives – instead they are letting time pass them by.
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